MDA Set To Buy Second ABL Aircraft

By Thomas Duffy / March 19, 2003 at 5:00 AM
The Missile Defense Agency is moving ahead with the purchase of a second Boeing 747-400 aircraft for the Airborne Laser program, this time opting to buy a passenger version instead of a freighter in an attempt to ensure better weight distribution throughout the aircraft. ABL is being designed to shoot down ballistic missiles during their early, boost phase by directing a laser onto the missile's rocket booster. The agency announced yesterday it anticipates buying the aircraft to support the ABL...

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